Nontuition Expense Budgets by Sector and Living Arrangement, 2015-16

Nontuition student budgets, which include housing, food, transportation, miscellaneous living expenses, and books and supplies, differ depending on living arrangements. In 2015-16, about half of all full-time undergraduates living either on campus or off campus at public four-year institutions had no tuition budgets exceeding $15,000, while 29% of those living with parents had budgets this high.

Figure 14B: Distribution of Nontuition Expense Budgets for Full-Time Undergraduate Students by Sector and Living Arrangement, 2015-16

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Includes full-time undergraduate students who attended one institution in 2015-16. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.

SOURCES: NCES, NPSAS 2016; calculations by the authors.

  • Nontuition budgets are based on institutional estimates of students’ expenses. There is considerable variation in these budgets, even within sectors among students with the same living arrangements. For example, budgets were $10,000 or less for 44% of public two-year college students living with parents, while 17% had budgets over $15,000.